Hockey India ropes in four scientific advisors

Hockey World Cup

New Delhi,  Hockey India (HI) has appointed Scott Conway, Patrick Lombard, Robin Anthony Webster Arkell, and Daniel Barry as scientific advisors for senior and junior men’s and women’s teams, it was announced on Tuesday.

Australia’s Conway has taken charge for the men’s team at the national camp starting in Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre in Bengaluru from Tuesday. Conway previously worked for the Malaysian hockey federation at the National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur.

South African Lombard, who was the head of Athletic Performance at Liaoning province, China Hockey, will join the women’s camp in Bhopal.

South African Arkell will take charge as the scientific advisor for the junior men’s team. Arkell in his previous role was the lead strength and conditioning coach for the Pumas Rugby, Senior Currie Cup Squad.

Australian Barry comes in as scientific advisor for the junior women’s team. Among his many assignments since 2004, Barry has worked as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) at Perth.

“Their names were approved in the Selection Committee meeting for foreign coaches held in January and we thank the Sports Authority of India for completing the formalities at the earliest to ensure the new recruits join the respective camps,” HI Secretary General Mushtaque Ahmad.

“With their vast experience and knowledge in their domain,” Mushtaque Ahmad added, “I believe they will help us achieve our goals in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the senior World Cups with a well-rounded approach in terms of development of our players. I wish them all the very best in this pursuit.”